“Can we go horseback riding Aunt Ruth?” my niece asked with expectation. “Yes I think so but why the sudden interest in horses?” I asked. “I really want to try something different and it sounds exciting!” Regan replied with wide eyes. “Did you meet someone new at school that has horses?” I asked thinking this idea had come from a classmate. “We just went on field trip to Kirby family farms and we got to pet horses and I wanted to ride one.” She replied. One week from the day of her asking to ride, I was staring at the backside of her easy going horse, “Cutter” and recalling our conversation. Everyone road ahead while I tried to manage my hungry hungry hippo “Annie” as we “trail rode” on the Cross Florida Greenway. I am all for trying something different but I was given the horse that just wanted to stop and eat the daisies. Finally, we reached a part of the trail that was not lined with flowers and Annie could focus on the task at hand. We moseyed along more than walk and my mind wondered to the world of decorating, dining, and something a little different. Let’s take a peek inside a dining room that’s just a little different somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
We painted the main body of this Gardenia Interactive Cream. The color is a warm neutral that has undertones of peach, gold and tan. The color is soft and warmed up the walls. Remember, always ask for two coats of paint, most paint warranties require it.
• Molding on the slider
We added four inch casement molding around the sliding glass door and a header with crown molding at the top. When all this trim is painted white the slider becomes a picture frame to highlight what lies beyond. This always improves the look of a sliding glass door and is well worth the money.
• Mirrored china hutch
In a Gardenia Model I often place a mirror on the back wall of the dining room. This wall opposes the large window in the kitchen and when a mirror is placed on the wall it reflects so much light into the dining room that the entire space looks lighter and larger. However, in this dining room the homeowner had a china hutch that was had a mirrored back board. We achieved the goal of light reflection and we were able to use the cabinet on the back wall. Also, this would make the homeowner’s glass collection sparkle.
• Large art for impact
These homeowner’s likes color and color they have! Since we placed the hutch on the back wall we were able to place the server on the side wall. This created a great display space for large impactful art! They chose a piece titled, “Sea of Dreams” and it looks stunning above the server.
We removed the basic contractor grade chandelier and replaced it with an amazing piece from Currey and Company. This very high quality piece of lighting art looks like coral form the sea and adds another layer of luxury to the space.
• More lighting
These homeowners loved their new piece of art so much they wanted it to look alive all the time. We chose to add three LED spotlights to the space; two above the server to highlight the art and the server. The third light was placed above the china hutch to highlight the decorative items that sit on top of the china hutch. The best way to highlight sunsets is with a LED eyeball light on a dimmer switch. The sun looks like it is setting all the time under this light.
We placed a rug under the table because it helped to soften the space and define it. The house had more echo than the homeowners wanted and we decided that we would have an 8X10 rug in the dining room as well as the living room.Rugs do a great job of absorbing sound.
P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056
P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.
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